My Little Pony, 2017
Bronze Painted , 24 x 12 x 22 cm
About the artwork
Gunawan explores the relationship between man and animal often in his work, and in this sculpture presents that of a woman and her steed. Her serene and comfortable posture against the back of the creature suggests the amiable trust and friendship between them, whilst the congruence in their soft and rounded forms create a pleasing visual synonymy, exemplifying peace and companionship.
About the artist
Adi was born in Yogyakarta in 1974, Indonesia and received his education at Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta. In his symbolic sculptures, Adi invokes euphoria and the significance of animals in his work due to his cultural background of growing up in an agrarian society. He uses his cultural positioning as a tool to visualize motions, gestures, characters and expressions of various subjects that he sculpts. He then conveys constructed meaning which, in and through his forms, figures and compositions, puts forth the issue of a mystical relationship between animals and humans. Adi’s highest accolade thus far was representing Indonesia at the Beijing Olympics 2008 Fine Arts Exhibition, where he was bestowed the further honor of an Olympic Torch Award. His sculpture toured Hong Kong, the United States, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland and many other countries.